Cape Town - Kaizer
Chiefs coach Steve Komphela was pleased with Leonardo Castro's
debut goal and expects him to forge a deadly combination with Gustavo
With former Bafana Bafana striker Bernard Parker also in the mix and
the young Ryan Moon among the goals of late, the Amakhosi striking
department is looking in good shape for a title challenge, with Chiefs
currently five points behind pace-setters Mamelodi Sundowns with 12
matches to play.
Castro, who was signed from Sundowns just before Christmas, hit the
ground running when he came off the bench on Sunday for his first
appearance in Chiefs colours and netted the winner in a 2-1 victory over
"He did well, he did well," Komphela said of the Colombian.
"And the beautiful thing about strikers, if they score the confidence goes higher. We are happy for them, let them score."
The Amakhosi mentor believes both Castro and new signing Siphelele
Ntshangase will settle in quickly at the club after arriving in the
January transfer window (the Glamour Boys' other new arrival, Kabelo
Mahlasela has cruelly had his debut delayed for several months after
picking up a knee injury in training).
"With Castro, and Ntshangase as well, he will get to the level where
you feel they are our fabric, they are our cloth," Komphela said.
"As it is now, they are still finding their way as to who we are. It
doesn't come easy and it's worse when you get players in-season,
integration is very difficult. But it looks like it's swifter now and it
is good that results are forthcoming."
Speaking on Paez, who has not finding the net of late, Komphela is
positive that the Uruguayan will be a key part of the team, especially
in terms of a potential partnership with Castro.
"[Paez is] happy that his teammates are scoring because there is one
ball he drew back, if Moon wasn't in the right place he would not have
scored that one.
"Paez does a lot of work. Now that he has found Castro, there is also
an issue of language, can they speak Spanish together? Can they hit it
off? They are both South American, we should take advantage of that
chemistry and camaraderie.
"I'm sure he will be okay. We just don't have to put him under too
much pressure. The beauty of it is the rest of the others are scoring."